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7th Street Safety Project

The goal of the 7th Street Safety Project is to improve safety and comfort along the corridor for those who walk, bike, and drive. This project will enhance existing bikeways, improve intersection design, and upgrade lighting, landscaping, and traffic signals along 7th Street between Townsend and Market streets in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood.

Project Status 
Current
Neighborhoods 

PROJECT OVERVIEW

The goal of the 7th Street Safety Project is to improve safety and comfort along the corridor for those who walk, bike, and drive. This project will enhance existing bikeways, improve intersection design, and upgrade lighting, landscaping, and traffic signals along 7th Street between Townsend and Market streets in the South of Market (SoMa) neighborhood. This is Phase 2 of a project that removed a travel lane and created a parking protected bike lane on 7th Street from Market to Cleveland Street. This project will extend a similar street configuration south to Townsend Street, enhancing the entire corridor with streetscape improvements.

7th Street is on the city’s High-Injury Network, or the 13 percent of city streets that account for 75 percent of San Francisco’s traffic crashes. Between July 2011 and June 2016, there were 89 injury collisions on 7th Street. The 7th Street project supports San Francisco’s Vision Zero goal of eliminating all traffic deaths by 2024 by improving safety along the 7th Street corridor, especially at intersections with other streets on the High Injury Network, such as Folsom, Howard, Harrison, and Townsend streets.

Today, 7th Street is one-way northbound between Brannan and Market streets and between Townsend Street and Brannan Street, it is two-way with two lanes northbound and one lane southbound. Additionally, it provides access to freeway on- and off-ramps and is part of the 19-Polk bus route.

The proposed project design elements include:

  • Parking protected bike lane and vehicle lane reduction south of Cleveland Street to provide physical protection for people riding bicycles.
  • Better designed intersections to improve safety of intersecting bike route connections and enhancing pedestrian visibility at crossings.
  • Streetscape improvements along the corridor, including landscaping, street lighting and signal upgrades.

PROJECT COORDINATION

The 7th Street Safety Project is part of a comprehensive upgrade to the 7th Street corridor. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will be replacing a water line underneath 7th Street. After the water line replacement is complete, the road will be repaved and, working with San Francisco Public Works, the SFMTA will be able to install the improved road configuration. Prior to construction, San Francisco Public Works will perform detailed design.

HOW ABOUT 8TH STREET?

Because this project will coordinate with San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Public Works to replace the water line underneath 7th Street, there is an opportunity to include additional enhancements such as landscaping and traffic signal and lighting upgrades in the long-term. In the meantime, the second phase of the 8th Street Safety Project will consist of mostly paint-related treatments that will be quick to implement. 8th Street improvements are expected to start construction in 2018. For more information about 8th Street, please visit the project webpage


PROJECT TIMELINE

Fall 2017 to Winter 2018: Public outreach and conceptual design

Winter 2018 to Spring 2018: Environmental review

Spring 2018: Public Hearing and SFMTA Board Hearing (final approvals)

Summer 2018 to Summer 2019: Detailed design

Late 2019: Construction 


PROJECT FUNDING

This project is funded by the Eastern Neighborhoods IPIC

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